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Posted: Feb 29th 2012 1:52PM Sickness said

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@undestructed

As someone that's been through this (I wasn't cut but had friends that were) with another company, the average employee has absolutely no idea it's coming. No one below the executive level would expect it until it's happening.

I'd imagine that they'd concentrate supporting their main source of income (WoW) but I'd also be really surprised if they could lay off that many people and it wouldn't have an affect on the customer.
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Posted: Feb 29th 2012 1:46PM nimzy said

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Didn't they /just/ build a huge customer service center in Ireland?

Posted: Feb 29th 2012 3:16PM Joaquin Crowe said

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@nimzy That was EA, but it's hard sometimes to tell EA and Activision apart. ;)
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Posted: Feb 29th 2012 1:48PM dudes said

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Omygod. My heart goes out to the employees. I hope they get new jobs asap.

Posted: Feb 29th 2012 1:52PM tenfootgoatman said

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I feel sorry for the people this effects on a personal level . However Blizzard have only thierselves to blame . They looked for short term profit over long term gain . Although they are retaining millions of players at present the rot really has set in now and the numbers will decrease further this year . Sadly they decided on an really an expansion thats seen by many as the last straw . I've a feeling heads will roll at the top by the end of this year because the problem is not the people on the lower rungs of the ladder its those that are making poor choices at the top . Its strange to think at the end of the day it may be Pandas that bring Blizzard to its knees . Funny old world .

Posted: Feb 29th 2012 2:36PM Mtor said

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@tenfootgoatman Mists of Panderia will be a huge success, just like every other xpac, and you will resub to play. No heads will roll. Blizzard will continue raking in the cash.

These facts are no doubt upsetting to you, but you're going to have to learn to accept them. Blizzard is the king and will remain so for the foreseeable future.
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Posted: Feb 29th 2012 3:28PM Shirvington said

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@Mtor Sorry, Mtor, many people have quit and many more will continue to quit...and will not resub for Pandas or any other WoW expansion. These are facts YOU must accept yourself.
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Posted: Feb 29th 2012 4:54PM (Unverified) said

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@Mtor
While Wrath sold more than BC in first 24 hour sales, Wrath and Cataclysm both had fewer sales after 3 months than BC did. So long term, neither expansion was successful in comparison.

Wrath was stagant Mtor, it didn't grow WoW. Cataclsym cost the game nearly 2 million. Gee, is that the kind of "success" you are predicting for MoP? If so, you are probably right.
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Posted: Feb 29th 2012 9:06PM Utakata said

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@Mtor

Here are the facts:

We will see if your right when they release MoP. Until then your proclamation is mere speculation at best and wishful thinking at worst.
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Posted: Feb 29th 2012 1:53PM scottsummer said

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10 million sub and Activ/Blizz can laying off people.

GG Actvision for unlock ultimate greediness achievement.

Posted: Feb 29th 2012 2:40PM (Unverified) said

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@scottsummer
As much as I disagree with Activision Blizzard on things, no company is in business to give people jobs. There business is in making money.

I have a feeling if Blizzard was allowed to make the great quality games they used to make before Kotick was placed in charge of them, these layoffs wouldn't have happened.
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Posted: Feb 29th 2012 2:03PM edgecrusherO0 said

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WoW support staff probably got cut to shit. It's a shame to hear whenever people lose their jobs. It's especially troubling when it comes from an extremely popular, and WILDLY successful developer.

Posted: Feb 29th 2012 2:13PM Tezcatli said

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They still claim around 10 million subs, probably less then that, but still in the millions I imagine. I can't help but wonder, perhaps the only reason they're doing this is because they have no choice, they have to keep making a certain level of profit. They've been selling pets and mounts to stave off losing revenue. I wouldn't be surprised if Activision has them by the nads telling them they have to keep making the same profit. Honestly, they make more money then some countries do. : /

Or blizz just has no soul and wants to stay fat in the wallet. Which if it is the case, I hope they realize they can't keep reskinning the same models, and keep patching at the current rate. People are bored for the same thing, especially when they can knock out the content in 2 weeks, 4 weeks if you're lazy. xd

Posted: Feb 29th 2012 2:37PM werewood said

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That company made so much money in the past few years that financially they will do good for ages still.
That said WoW will be around 5mill subs in a year, I am almost sure about that. GW2, F2P and the obvious other reasons you all listed.
They will get a lot of revenue off Diablo3 but Titan is still 2 years from release. And that is a lot of time.
So as good business its always right to cut when you are on top, rather than when you are dropping. It will make their decline till Titan easier to handle.

Posted: Feb 29th 2012 2:37PM (Unverified) said

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I think this shows that Vivendi is nervous about things.

SC2 has had it's share of problems with the map store. WoW hasn't done much the past 2 expansions and all the news of D3 as of late is more about a dev leaving and features being stripped out, not exactly the kind of news you want leading up to the release of the game.

I think this also shows they are nervous about the future as well. D3 was originally talked about being a Q4 2011 release last year during the investor calls with SC2's second campaign and MoP this year. Now it's sounding from this pas investor call probably only 2 of those 3 will be released last year.

If Vivendi was really optimistic with D3 and MoP sales, i doubt this would be happening. But the RMAH controversy that is still going on and the lackluster reception of MoP for WoW's next xpac can't have them optimistic.

Just a shame they won't get rid of the true problem, Bobby Kotick.

Posted: Feb 29th 2012 2:56PM Mtor said

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@(Unverified) WoW hasn't done much in the last 2 xpacs? Hater, what are you talking about? WOTLK sold 2.8 million copies in 24 hours. Catacylsm sold 3.3 million in the same amount of time . If that's not doing much then I don't know what is.


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Posted: Feb 29th 2012 2:59PM pskfry said

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@(Unverified) Um, there's no debate about the RMAH anymore. Do your research. Also, they haven't stripped any features out of D3 other than the character death animations - and nobody cares about that anyway. It's such a small thing that does not affect game play at all. If you're referring to the removal of runes as items, they're still in the game and the massive amount of runed skills stay in as well, leaving the meat of the feature in tact. In short, nothing substantial has been removed.

Anyone saying that the reduction of employees is a sign of Blizzard's "downfall" has never worked at a mid to large sized corporation. Cut the fat. Something the government never learned how to do. Bloated payrolls ruin companies.
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Posted: Feb 29th 2012 4:41PM (Unverified) said

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@Mtor
What am I talking about? Let's see. BC ended with 11.5 million subscribers. A year into Wrath, it was still at 11.5 million subscribers. Total stagnation in the regions where the "casual" is king and for an expansion geared toward the Farmville casual. The only bump was 500,000 in China after Wrath's late summer 2010 release there, and that was a country that had been on BC for nearly 4 years and responsible for a full third of all WoW subs. And Wrath was so poorly recieved there they put Cataclysm in the region just 6 months after Wrath was released. We also know from the past 2 investor calls that subs have been leaving a lot from China and Asia in general.

Yes, Cataclysm sold a lot of copies, but then again, Blizzard talked of how the Warcraft story would return. Kul Tiras would finally show up in WoW, Danath would return from Outland to Arathi to confront Sylvanas over what she did to his nephew, that the Argent Crusade and the Forsaken would be in conflict over the Forsaken replaguing what the Crusade had been cleansing. There is more examples, but these are a few and none of them ever happened.

Instead Blizz did just 3 content patches, the first of which was 2 rehashed instances that used to be raids but were made into 5 person content and didn't make any sense storyline wise. A major raid and it's associated 5 person dungeon(s) canceled with the poorest excuse ever. The result was a nearly 2 million loss in net subs in just one year. Do you think they will less in the upcoming year with no new content coming out before MoP is released? No, they won't. Their losses will be greater.

So you can say hater and ignore the real facts, but the numbers speak for themselves.
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Posted: Feb 29th 2012 4:48PM (Unverified) said

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@pskfry
Actually there is debate on the RMAH. Some countries are taking a look at what South Korea did as far as classifing it as gambling. I doubt that controversy will come to an end anytime soon.

And the pet scrolls? There is more stuff too. And yes, cut the fat, but the fact is they are supposedly gearing up to release at least 2 titles this year, D3 and MoP, at least, with HoS soon and Titan on a supposedly Q4 2013 schedule and then the 3rd SC2 campaign.

This is an odd time for layoffs unless a company doesn't think those games will do as well as previously thought.
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Posted: Feb 29th 2012 2:55PM (Unverified) said

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Poor management, lazy developement, greedy CEOs

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